Where Nutritious Meets Delicious
GoodMoon was born under a harvest moon in China, where Sarah Wang was celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with family and friends--and mooncakes, as is the ancient custom. Of the many traditions tied to the festival, the mooncake is perhaps the most cherished. Tens of millions of the cakes, which are linked to the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality, have been devoured over thousands of years; they are an all-important delicacy anticipated by rejoicing celebrants.
Well-acquainted with the mooncakes of her youth in China, Sarah knew they were loaded with sugar. But also that their main ingredient, red bean paste, is protein and nutrient-rich. When she shopped around for low sugar versions for her children, Sarah found they were packed with preservatives. So, with her mother’s recipe as her guide, and a determination to honor the ancient tradition, Sarah set out to make her own healthier mooncake.
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Red beans are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, containing more than blueberries and cherries, according to a study of 100 fruits, vegetables and nuts by the USDA. Frequent consumption of red beans can help your body fight free radicals and reduce the risk of cancer and other serious diseases.
An essential source of fiber, one cup of red beans provides half of the daily fiber requirement, keeping the digestive system healthy, easing digestion and preventing constipation, as well as helping to shrink cholesterol levels, lowering the risk associated with cardiovascular disease and regulating blood sugar levels.
Red beans can also be a healthy alternative to meat. They are high in protein (15g per cup) and will give you energy, help strengthen muscles and prevent cardiovascular disease. They're also a good source of iron, providing 30% of the recommended daily allowance.
A source rich in thiamine (Vitamin B1), red beans stimulate attention and memory, and can be particularly beneficial in periods of intellectual overloaded. They're also said to eliminate insomnia, combat depression, fatigue and anxiety, and lower the risk of Alzheimer's.
Cocoa may lower LDL cholesterol and boost cognitive performance by providing essential minerals such as calcium and potassium.
Hemp seeds offer a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to promote cardiovascular health and naturally balance hormones
Fiber helps to reduce high cholesterol levels and works to keep blood sugar levels under control
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